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What “Posture” Looks Like on the Inside — by Vanessa Mulvey

The perfect posture can feel like an illusive goal. It has the power to empower the performer and fuel expression or it can limit every aspect of a performance.  What is “posture” and how can it be perfect? The problem is that posture is often assessed by one’s appearance as they sit and play. This is far from a perfect or repeatable science. I offer you another way to understand and assess posture, and that is from inside the body.  From the inside, we can utilize the body’s amazing design for being upright and for movement. Forget Posture The first thing I want to do is remove ‘posture’ for your musical vocabulary.  Why you ask? According to dictionary.com, the definition of posture is “the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole.” Playing the cello or any [...]

By | 2018-03-21T01:56:19+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Categories: Self Discovery, Beyond the Traditional, Playing Healthy, Featured|

My First Lessons with Gregor Piatigorsky — by Paul Katz

In 1961, Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose joined the faculty of the University of Southern California where I was a cello student studying with the highly inspiring Gabor Rejto. As fate would have it, Rejto was leaving on sabbatical that year and so I auditioned for Piatigorsky and was admitted to his first class at USC. Two amazing years with him followed—he was truly a creative genius, a great psychologist, and a supportive father figure that cared deeply about everyone that he taught. We were a new class of students, however, and  as we entered the room that first day, none of us knew what to expect: Excited that I was going to be studying with the 'Great Grisha,'  I bought a new short-sleeved, bright orange shirt for this special occasion. Made from [...]

By | 2018-01-24T04:08:19+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: Interpersonal Relationships, CelloFun|Tags: , , , , |

The CelloBello Fund Drive is Here!

Dear CelloBello Friends, It’s that time of year again! We’re so excited that we got to kick off our yearly fund-drive yesterday with a special live-streamed masterclass with our founder Paul Katz (see it again here)! We are thrilled and proud of the projects and milestones we have achieved in 2017: unveiling our new and improved website, hitting over one million views on our YouTube channel, the success of our month-long Bach Celebration which included our first livestreamed performance from Amsterdam by Pieter Wispelwey (see it again here), not to mention our wide spread of CelloChats, blogs and masterclasses from coast to coast! Please stay tuned for a special announcement about our 2018 projects…. Our fund-drive is critical and important for us here at CelloBello. It’s your contributions, regardless of [...]

By | 2017-12-29T03:22:21+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Yamaha Welcomes String Players Jacob Szekely, Mike Block and Charley Sabatino to the Yamaha Artist Family

INDIANAPOLIS (October 12, 2017) — Yamaha Artist Services is pleased to announce the addition of cellists Jacob Szekely and Mike Block and bassist Charley Sabatino to the Yamaha Artist family. All three are fulfilling their creative musical visions using Yamaha electric string instruments. Szekely, a cellist, is one of the most active and influential musicians in the creative string community in Los Angeles, which focuses on playing styles that involve improvisation. Block, a Juilliard graduate who lives in Boston, is a longtime member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and is heavily into the electric cello for his compositional work. Sabatino, a seasoned jazz bassist, plays a diverse range of gigs and styles and is based in New York City. Both Szekely and Block play the Yamaha SVC-210sk Silent [...]

By | 2017-10-25T03:11:26+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: News|

Welcome to CelloBello’s Back to School Week Celebration!

Hello CelloBello Fans! With school back in full swing, we're excited to officially kick off the fall season here at CelloBello! Stay tuned for a packed week of new and original CelloBello releases: Monday: an exclusive masterclass with Yo-Yo Ma on the Elgar Concerto, Mvts. 3 &4 Tuesday: a new blog from Michael Haber, "Practicing, Some Practical Advice" (Part 1) Wednesday: two new CelloLessons from CelloBello's founder Paul Katz, "Eliminate Left Hand Tension" Thursday: Part 2 of Michael Haber's "Practicing, Some Practical Advice" Friday: an interview with Alisa Weilerstein, "The Psychology of Sound Production" Enjoy!

By | 2017-09-20T12:48:00+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Fall 2017 CelloChat Schedule is Here!

  Hello CelloBello Followers! We're excited to announce our Fall 2017 CelloChat lineup. Join us starting October 1st via Facebook Live on the CelloBello Facebook page. All Chats take place at 8 PM ET unless otherwise noted. Stay tuned for updates!   October 1 & 8 NORMAN FISCHER The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University October 15 PAUL KATZ New England Conservatory  October 22 ASTRID SCHWEEN Juilliard Quartet, The Juilliard School October 29 GREGORY BEAVER Chiara Quartet, University of Nebraska-Lincoln November 5 ASTRID SCHWEEN Juilliard Quartet, The Juilliard School November 12 JEFFREY ZEIGLER Mannes College at The New School November 19 YEESUN KIM Borromeo String Quartet, New England Conservatory December 3 LAURENCE LESSER New England Conservatory  December 10 LLUIS CLARET New England Conservatory  December 17 AMIT PELED Tempest Trio, Peabody Conservatory of Music  

By | 2017-09-21T02:27:48+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: News|

Top Cellist Steven Isserlis Prevented from Boarding Flight with Cello

Reposted from Classic FM. A nightmare mix-up at the check-in desk meant that Steven Isserlis (and his cello) completely missed his flight—the last one that day… Last night, British cellist Steven Isserlis joined the growing list of cellists and other instrumentalists who have had problems checking in their instruments onto flights:   Isserlis shared the whole nightmare story on his Facebook page, from the first heart-sinking moments of doubt "Have you paid for the cello seat?" to the dash across Heathrow to catch an alternative flight to a different city entirely. Here's the story in all its painful detail [retrieved from Mr. Isserlis' Facebook page]: "My latest adventure - courtesy of KLM... Now, I’d been planning to present another musical rant in the near future, and was already vaguely planning it [...]

By | 2017-09-15T02:09:24+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Categories: News, Cello Travel|Tags: , , , , , |

Conquering Coordination Through Broken-Rhythm Patterns — by Grigory Kalinovsky

Reposted from Strings Magazine. One of the most common problems encountered by string players in virtuoso pieces is the coordination between the bow strokes and the left-hand fingers in fast running-note passages (passages consisting of mostly the same note values), especially when the majority of notes are played with separate bows or with a few small slurs thrown in. Examples of these types of passages abound—they include sections from the Finale movement of Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto in D minor, several episodes and the entire coda section of Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens, the majority of the Allegro movement from Kreisler’s Preludium and Allegro, and many, many other pieces. Without proper coordination training, playing these passages can create a feeling of the two hands “chasing each other”—and getting tangled up [...]

By | 2017-10-30T04:19:22+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Categories: In the Practice Room, Self Discovery|Tags: , , |

Cellist Jeremy Tai Wins Irving M. Klein International String Competition 2017

Reposted from The Strad. The 18-year-old Bienen School of Music student receives the top prize of $13,000 and concert engagements Cellist Jeremy Tai has won first prize at the 32nd Annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition, held at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The 18-year-old California native, who is currently studying with Hans Jørgen Jensen at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, received the top prize of $13,000 and concert engagements for his final round performance of Lisa Bielawa’s Insomnia Etude #3, and works of Grieg and Prokofiev. Second prize, worth $5,500, went to 20-year-old violist Zhanbo Zheng, while third prize, worth $2,500, went to 20-year-old violinist Kyumin Park. This year’s winners were whittled down from 99 applicants from 13 countries, aged between 15 and 23, by [...]

By | 2017-10-30T04:19:41+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Categories: News, Competition|Tags: , , , , |

Pacifica Quartet Announces First Personnel Change in 17 Years

Reposted from The Violin Channel. The Pacifica Quartet has announced 2nd violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson and violist Masumi Per Rostad are set to leave the ensemble. The Indiana-based Pacifica String Quartet has today announced that 2nd violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson and violist Masumi Per Rostad are set to leave the ensemble at the end of the current season—the group’s first member change in seventeen years. Sibbi, who joined the quartet in 2000, is set to take up a teaching position on faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory School of Music. Masumi, who joined the ensemble in 2001, was last month appointed to the teaching faculty of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. “Over the past 17 years, the Pacifica Quartet has played nearly 1500 concerts all over the world  … [...]